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This section summarises
the many places to visit close to Saxmundham; all are reached in
under 1 hour by car and most are nearer. Where possible, links are
provided so you can get further details and opening times for each
Wildlife, walking & conservation
Other places of interest & enjoyment
Other useful tourism links
The following attractions
are owned by English
Heritage and are near to Saxmundham:
Framlingham Castle (8ml).
Orford Castle (14ml).
Leiston Abbey (4ml).
Saxtead Green Post Mill
Landguard Fort, Felixstowe
(25ml A12 south, A14).
The following is a list
of National Trust
properties in the Eastern Region and near to Saxmundham:
Heath and Beach (10ml via A12 Yoxford, Westleton). A remnant
of the once extensive Sandlings heaths and one of Suffolk's most
important nature conservation areas. There are many excellent way-marked
walks, including access to the neighbouring bird reserve of Minsmere
and an observation room in the converted Coastguard Cottages. Tel:
Also Dunwich village should be explored incl. the Museum, Ship Inn,
c13th ruins of Greyfriars Friary, and the Lepers' chapel adjoining
parish church of St James.
and garden, Horringer nr Bury St Edmunds (43ml via
A12 Yoxford, A1120 west, A14 north). House with unique central rotunda
and curved wings. Tel: 01284 735270.
Guildhall (44ml, west of Ipswich). Early c16th timber-framed
building overlooking market place. Tel:
Hall, Long Melford (48ml), Sudbury. Tel:
Ness National Nature Reserve (14ml, access from Orford Quay).
The largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe, with variety of habitats
including shingle, salt-marsh, mud-flat, brackish lagoons and grazing
marsh; important location for large number of nationally rare species.
The Ness was a secret military site from 1913 until the mid 1980s.
5ml walk involves walking on shingle. Tel:
Hoo, nr Woodbridge (14ml via A12 south). The Anglo-Saxon
royal burial site where the priceless Sutton Hoo treasure was discovered
in a huge ship grave. Visitor centre & exhibition tells the
story of the site - which has been described as 'page one of English
history' - and displays some original objects as well a full-size
reconstruction of ship burial chamber. Tel:
See also The Sutton
(10ml via A12 Yoxford, Westleton) is the RSPB's premier nature reserve,
set on the beautiful Suffolk coast, which is itself a designated
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Minsmere offers days out for
bird enthusiasts, families and lovers of the countryside. Nature
trails take you through a variety of habitats on the reserve where
there is a chance to see many rare and interesting birds and other
wildlife. Tel: 01767 693690.
Wildlife, Walking & Conservation
Cliff (9ml via Snape) picnic site, walks with
views of the Alde estuary.
Forest Centre (Forest Enterprises) (9ml), nr Woodbridge,
way-marked woodland walks, large children's adventure play area
and giant bird play sculpture.
Coast and Heaths Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty.
Wildlife Trust, Tel: 01473 890089.
Manages approximately 50 reserves in Suffolk. Local reserves include
Dingle Marshes and Foxburrow Farm at Melton, nr Woodbridge.
of interest & enjoyment
(7ml) including Moot Hall museum, historic Sea Front & 'Crag
path', Lifeboat and modern-built lifeboat shed, Martello tower (owned
by The Landmark Trust), Golf course, Aldeburgh Carnival and Lantern
procession (in August), Suffolk Summer Theatre by Jill Freud &
Company, and excellent Fish & Chip shops!
(9.5ml A12 north via Yoxford and Darsham) village has magnificent
medieval church with 'Angel' roof, overlooking the river Blyth estuary.
Steam and Gardens, nr Diss (29ml via Framlingham) world
famous gardens created by Alan Bloom and steam museum.
Farm Park, nr Wickham Market (10ml A12 south via Wickham
Market) a Victorian 'model' farm now the home of many farm and domestic
animals. Tel: 01728 746475.
(25ml A12 south, A14), seafront & amusements, Languard Fort,
and the UK's largest container port with public viewing area.
Yarmouth (35ml A12 north).
(21ml A12 south) including Ipswich Museum, Christchurch Mansion,
Historic waterfront, Crown Pools, Suffolk Ski Centre, Orwell Country
Hall, nr Long Melford, (48ml) moated tudor hall with historic
re-creations and many events throughout the year.
Shop Museum, Leiston (4ml), on the site of the 'Long Shop'
built in 1852 by Richard Garrett as one of Great Britain's first
production lines for steam engines: now home to the unique Garrett
Steam Collection. Tel: 01728 832189.
of East Anglian Life, (25ml B1119 west, via Framlingham,
A1120 Stowmarket) provides a unique account of rural life, farming,
traditional crafts, with many activity days and events throughout
Hills, Corton nr Lowestoft (26ml A12 north). Leisure and
Airfield Museum (10 ml A12 south via Little Glemham)
features the 390th Bombardment Group Memorial Air Museum in the
original WWII control tower. Also Museum of the British Resistance
organisation. Tel: 01728 621373.
2Day (Formerly Kidz Kingdom),
Martlesham (15ml A12 south), large in-door adventure play area with
bouncy castles - great for rainy days. Tel:
01473 611333. Also Kingpin
Maltings (5ml), Concert Hall home to the world famous Aldeburgh
Festival (June), Snape Proms (August), Britten-Pears Young Artist
Programme (music school). Also Snape Maltings Riverside Centre with
shops, galleries, cafe, river trips, painting & craft courses.
Hall and gardens, nr Lowestoft, (28ml A12 north via Oulton
Broad). Italianate house, beautiful gardens with famous maze.
(14ml A12 north, A1095 at Blythburgh) seaside town has award-winning
pier with unique water clock and unusual amusements,
Shop and Swan Hotel in the High Street, and Adnams
brewery & several of their pubs.
Alive, Kessingland nr Lowestoft (19ml A12 north) one of
the UK's largest wildlife parks with rhino, giraffe, lion, buffalo,
zebra and more.
(7ml via Leiston) unique 1920s holiday village including boating
lake, windmill and 'House in the Clouds', Golf course and Country
Tide Mill,(14ml A12 south) and nearby Buttrum's Mill.
Coastal District Council Leisure and Tourism web site includes
details of Tourist Information Centres in the area.